New Unity in Diversity During Lockdown Times

It’s lockdown times…
Only stray dogs and cattle
Roam freely. Birds too fly
To their hearts’ content,
But Man lies in chains.

It’s lockdown times…
The town’s square is deserted,
The cinema halls, the malls,
The art exhibition halls are all
Closed and there is embargo
On free movement…

It’s lockdown times…
You are confined within
Four walls with TV churning
Out news of deaths, more
Viral infection and more deaths.

It’s lockdown times…
And the diverse world,
With its diverse people,
With its diverse cultures
Is united in death – a new
Unity in diversity!

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, writer, poet, translator and blogger. His blog is “Existential Problems”. His poems and prose have been published by several on=line publications including Dissident Voice, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Setu Magazine, Pangolin Review, Visual Verse, etc. Pranab has coauthored a book of poems, titled Air & Age; a translation of a book of Bengali short stories, “Bougainvillea and Other Stories” (English translation title). His second book of poems and first solo book, “Soul Searching and Other Poems” (2017), was published by Scarlet Leaf Publishing, Toronto. His second collection of poems, “Vision of the World and Other Poems”, was published by in November 2020. Read other articles by Pranab.